Week 4 Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for Fantasy Football

PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 15:  D.K. Metcalf #14 of the Seattle Seahawks catches a 28-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter against the Pittsburgh Steelers on September 15, 2019 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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Bye weeks have finally started, and throughout the season that tends to reduce the start/sit decisions fantasy owners have to make, since often necessity will force your hand on who to start. The New York Jets and San Francisco 49ers are the only teams off in Week 4 though, and they're not exactly loaded with fantasy-relevant players.

If you need some help with your Week 4 lineup, here's some start 'em, sit 'em advice.

Start 'Em, Sit 'Em, Week 4 Quarterbacks

Start Russell Willson (SEA at ARI): After a quiet Week 1 against the Cincinnati Bengals, Russell Wilson has come up huge in the last two weeks, notching 24.2 and 41.3 fantasy points, bringing him to fourth at QB on the year. Don't expect him to slow down in Week 4, taking on an Arizona Cardinals team that plays at the fastest pace in the NFL and has allowed the third most fantasy points per game (PPG) to opposing quarterbacks.

Start Daniel Jones (NYG vs WAS): Not far behind Arizona, the Washington Redskins also allow top-five fantasy output to the position. Daniel Jones erupted for the second-highest 2019 single-game fantasy score among QBs in his Week 3 debut, and while we probably shouldn't expect another 30-plus points, his production shouldn't fall off by too much against Washington.

Sit Baker Mayfield (CLE at BAL): Those 34.2 points Danny Dimes notched in his debut are more than Baker Mayfield has scored for the entire season (34.1). That slow start isn't likely to get any better thanks to a brutal matchup against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 4.

Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Week 4 Running Backs

Start Darrel Williams and LeSean McCoy (KC at DET): We still don't have any updates on Damien Williams (knee), so it's not looking good that he returns to action this week. If LeSean McCoy (ankle) is healthy enough to go he can be expected to lead the Kansas City Chiefs' backfield, but he also made an early exit in Week 3. That would leave Darrel Williams, who saw 14 touches against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 3, as the lead back. Whoever starts at RB for the league's best offense is going to be worth starting in fantasy.

Start Wayne Gallman (NYG vs WAS): Replacing Saquon Barkley, we shouldn't expect Wayne Gallman to suddenly become the top running back in fantasy, but he does look to be in line to handle a serious lead-back workload. That immediately puts him on the radar in fantasy football, and converting that workload into production shouldn't be too difficult against Washington.

Sit Miles Sanders (PHI at GB): The Philadelphia Eagles have used a true committee approach at RB, not playing any of their backs for more than 42 percent of their offensive snaps thus far, while giving three RBs snap shares above 25 percent. The Green Bay Packers' defense has been stout in 2019, allowing the NFL's second-fewest PPG (11.7).

Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Week 4 Wide Receivers

Start DK Metcalf (SEA at ARI): Back to attacking the high-paced Cardinals, they've allowed the third most yards and fourth-most PPG (29.3) to opponents in 2019. DK Metcalf has at least six targets in all three of his games, and his big-play ability gives him an elite ceiling here.

Start Terry McLaurin (WAS at NYG): It's a shock to see Redskins' rookie wide receiver Terry McLaurin still only being started in 40 percent of Yahoo! Fantasy Football leagues. He ranks eighth among WRs in PPR fantasy points,12th in receiving yards and fourth in touchdowns. He's topped 17 PPR fantasy points in all three games, and he's up against the Giants' awful pass defense, which has allowed the NFL's most yards through the air.

Sit Stefon Diggs (MIN @ CHI): No team has run the ball on a higher percentage of plays than the Minnesota Vikings in 2019. That has left Stefon Diggs seeing only 12 targets through three games, catching just six passes for 101 yards. Don't expect much improvement against the best defense in the NFL.

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Jason Schandl is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Jason Schandl also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username Jaymun. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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